The Lines of My Hand

Frank, Robert

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After The Ame­ri­cans, The Lines of My Hand is argu­ab­ly Robert Frank’s most important book and without doubt the publi­ca­ti­on that estab­lis­hed his auto­bio­gra­phi­cal, some­ti­mes con­fes­sio­nal, approach to book­ma­king. The book was ori­gi­nal­ly publis­hed by Yugen­sha in Tokyo in 1972, and this new Steidl edi­ti­on, made in clo­se col­la­bo­ra­ti­on with Robert Frank, fol­lows and updates the first US edi­ti­on by Lustrum Press of 1972.

The Lines of My Hand is struc­tu­red chro­no­lo­gi­cal­ly and pres­ents selec­tions from every sta­ge of Frank’s work until 1972-from ear­ly pho­tos in Switz­er­land in 1945–46, to images of his tra­vels in Peru, Paris, Valen­cia, Lon­don and Wales, and to con­ta­ct she­ets from his 1955–56 jour­ney through the US that resul­ted in The Ame­ri­cans and made him famous. Here too are inti­ma­te pho­tos of Frank’s young fami­ly, later pho­to-col­la­ges and stills from films inclu­ding Pull My Dai­sy (1959) and About Me: A Musi­cal (1971). This struc­tu­re its­elf mir­rors the rhythm of Frank’s life but it is his short per­so­nal texts, like dia­ry ent­ries, that ful­ly bring his voice into the book.

In its ori­gi­nal com­bi­na­ti­on of text and image, its fearless self-reflec­tion, and its insis­tence on pho­to­gra­phy and film as equal though dif­fe­rent aspects of the artist’s visu­al lan­guage, The Lines of My Hand has beco­me an inspi­ra­ti­on for many pho­to­graph­ers-not least Robert Frank hims­elf, who con­ti­nues and expands this approach in the visu­al dia­ries he makes today.












22,8 x 30,4 cm

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